Ireland coach Declan Kidney admits he's keeping a close eye on Brian O'Driscoll following his blow to the head in the defeat of England - but has dismissed concerns he is suffering from concussion.
The 31-year-old Leinster centre was accidentally struck on the head by the knee of team-mate Paul O’Connell during the 20-16 RBS 6 Nations win at Twickenham last weekend.
O’Driscoll was attended to on the pitch before being stretchered off as Ireland bounced back from the 33-10 defeat to France in Paris.
But although O’Driscoll was kept out of full-contact training earlier this week, Kidney insists there are no long-term concerns.
“He’s good,” said Kidney. “Obviously, any time a player takes a bang you keep him out of contact for a while, especially when you don’t have another match coming up but he has trained fully and he was driving them on the same way as he always does.
“There are different steps you take when a guy takes a bang like that but he has been symptom-free from the start.
“All the tests he has done have shown him clear and he will see specialists before he resumes any contact work or anything like that. That’s just standard operation.”